Simultaneous Enzymatic Synthesis of Gluconic Acid and Sorbitol

Continuous Process Development Using Glucose-Fructose Oxidoreductase from Zymomonas mobilis
  • Marisol Silva-Martinez
  • Dietmar Haltrich
  • Senad Novalic
  • Klaus D. Kulbe
  • Bernd Nidetzky
Part of the Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology book series (ABAB)


The production of sorbitol and gluconic acid by isolated glucose-fructose oxidoreductase (GFOR) from Zymomonas mobilis has been studied in a connective, 100-mL loop reactor with tangential ultrafiltration. Using a dilution rate of 0.04/h and 5 kU/L GFOR, substrate conversion (3 M sugar) in a single stage was >85%, and productivities of 126 g sorbitol/(L·d) were obtained. At a constant recycle rate (3/min) and a membrane area of 50 cm2, the dilution rates (and thus productivities) were however limited by a more than 30-fold reduction of the permeate flow in the presence of high sugar and protein concentrations (5 g/L). Protein was added, together with 10 mM dithiothreitol, to improve the stability of GFOR during substrate turnover and crossflow filtration, thus leading to a stable operation of the enzyme reactor for at least 5 d.

Index Entries

Glucose-fructose oxireductase sorbitol gluconic acid zymomonas mobilis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisol Silva-Martinez
    • 1
  • Dietmar Haltrich
    • 1
  • Senad Novalic
    • 1
  • Klaus D. Kulbe
    • 1
  • Bernd Nidetzky
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Food TechnologyUniversität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)ViennaAustria

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